It would be quite something to have a member of the Mason family – canoeing royalty, really – as your paddling sensei, yes? Well now’s your chance, as Becky Mason is offering solo and tandem canoe courses this summer.

Promising to help you “discover the joy of handling a canoe with poetry, confidence and grace in any conditions from the quiet of a misty morning to the pounding waves of a stormy lake”, there are three levels of courses available:

BASIC SOLO (classic beginner) Designed to introduce new canoeists to canoeing or for people who like to learn nice and slowly. Includes canoe and paddle appreciation, paddling strokes and safe canoeing practices. Learn the skills that will enable you to put your canoe exactly where you want it to go. Skills covered: forward and back paddling, pivots, sideslips and controlled stopping.

CLASSIC SOLO (novice to advanced) Prerequisite is Basic or a couple of years of canoeing experience. The aim is to make your stroke the most efficient it can be so all the momentum of the canoe is utilized. Content covered: A review of Basic Solo plus a selection of these strokes: Canadian, Indian, Box, Bow Jam & Cut, Circle, Low Brace Turn, and Sculling draw.

CLASSIC TANDEM (novice to advanced) Designed to introduce experienced and less experienced canoeist to the finer points of efficient tandem canoeing skills. Forward & back paddling, stationary and power pivots, stationary and power sideslips and under power dock landings. Everyone will enjoy even if your skill levels vary in experience.

Canoe courses run May to Oct. at Meech Lake in the Gatineau Park, 20 mins from Ottawa. All equipment provided. Classic alumni receive a discount. Fee amount includes taxes. Other combos of dates & times offered upon request.

  • Two sessions of two hours each
  • Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs. evenings (other evenings combos welcome)
  • 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Morning classes are offered on demand).
  • 1 to 3 person for solo clinics or 1 to 5 for tandem clinics.
  • Meech Lake, Quebec, some equipment is provided.
  • $130.00 per person for solo clinic or $115.00 per person for tandem clinic.

For more info check out this news article on Red Canoe.

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